UN parties urged to stand by Paris accord

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  • Saturday, 14 Dec 2019

Madrid: China called upon parties to adhere to the Paris climate agreement and uphold multilateralism and the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities, as the 2019 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP25, nears its end.

China hopes the agreement will be unswervingly followed, said Zhao Yingmin, vice-minister of ecology and environment on Wednesday, addressing a high-level event in Madrid. The conference concluded yesterday.

“The top priority task now is to further focus on implementation of the Paris agreement on the basis of a comprehensive and accurate understanding of its targets and common but differentiated responsibilities, ” he said.

Zhao, also head of the Chinese delegation, made the remarks as some countries have called for more ambitious targets than the ones included in the Paris agreement by limiting the temperature rise this century to 1.5°C from preindustrial levels.

The 2015 Paris agreement, however, aims to limit the increase to 2°C while pursuing efforts to further curb it to 1.5°C.

“The key task for the conference is to put the finishing touches on rules governing the Paris agreement. A comprehensive and accurate understanding of the agreement, its articles, principles and targets is extremely critical for the success of the conference, ” he said later in an interview.

All negotiations at the conference should be carried out within the range of the Paris climate agreement, which was negotiated among parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

If any party raises issues outside of the agreement, it will mean that the 2015 treaty, which has yet to be implemented, will have to be renegotiated, and it will take time to reach consensus, he said. — China Daily/ANN

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